US 20090213535 A1
A mounting apparatus for a data storage device that includes a tab includes a bracket, a locking member, and an operating assembly. The bracket includes a bezel defining an opening and a first cutout corresponding to the tab. The locking member, movable on the bezel, defines a second cutout corresponding to the first cutout. The operating assembly is assembled in the bezel and slides the locking member on the bezel to align or misalign the second cutout with the first cutout.
1. A mounting apparatus for a data storage device, the data storage device comprising at least one tab extending therefrom, the mounting apparatus comprising:
a bracket comprising a bezel defining an opening and at least one first cutout communicating with the opening, corresponding to the at least one tab of the data storage device;
a locking member movably assembled to the bezel, the locking member defining at least one second cutout, corresponding to the at least one first cutout and the at least one tab; and
an operating assembly mounted on the bezel and capable of sliding the locking member on the bezel to align or misalign the at least one second cutout with the at least one first cutout.
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1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to hardware mounting and, specifically, to a mounting apparatus readily allowing secure installation or removal of a data storage device to or from a permanent structure.
2. Description of Related Art
As computers have proliferated and improved, more and more disk drives are needed. Various devices have been developed to facilitate installation and removal of disk drives. One such device includes a bracket defining two rails on opposite sides, and two side pieces attached to opposite sides, of the disk drive. The disk drive is received in the bracket, with the side pieces being received in the corresponding rails. At least one screw is applied to each side of the bracket and the corresponding side piece when installing the data storage device. However, attachment by screws is complicated and time-consuming. Furthermore, attachment by such means requires extra work space be made available inside the computer enclosure. This requirement compromises current industry trends toward smaller and lighter device profiles.
The bracket 200 includes two parallel side plates 20 and a bezel 30.
Two rows of support pieces 22 perpendicularly extend inwardly from the side plates 20, supporting opposite sides of the data storage device 100. Two flanges 24 extend perpendicularly in opposite directions from front ends of the side plates 20. The flanges 24 define a plurality of mounting holes. One of the flanges 24 defines two cutouts 243 corresponding to the tabs 120 of the data storage device 100.
The locking member 40 is longitudinal and defines a plurality of oval apertures 42 along its axis. Two flanges 43 extend perpendicularly from opposite sides of the locking member 40. Two cutouts 44 are defined in one of the flanges 43. A sliding portion 46 extends from a lower portion of the flange 43 defining the cutouts 44. A fin 462 extends perpendicularly from a bottom of the sliding portion 46.
The operating assembly 300 includes a lock 50, a cover 60, a tab washer 70, an n-shaped fragment 82, a washer 84, and a nut 86.
The lock 50 includes a screw 52 and a hexagon-shaped nut 54. The screw 52 includes a head and a shaft extending from the head. The nut 54 is firmly fitted about the shaft. A keyhole 522 is defined in the head of the screw 52, and a crisscross-shaped projection 524 protrudes from the shaft, opposite to the head.
The cover 60 includes a body 61, and three sidewalls 63 extending from two opposite lateral sides and a bottom side of the body 61. A through hole 62 is defined in the body 61. Two parallel flanges 622 extend from the body 61 at a top side and a bottom side of the through hole 62. Two hooks 64 extend from one of the sidewalls 63 extending from a corresponding lateral side of the body 61, and a tab 66 perpendicularly extends from another sidewall 63 extending from the opposite lateral side of the body 61, opposite to the hooks 64. The tab 66 defines a mounting hole. A bent plate 68 perpendicularly extends down from the sidewall 63 extending from the bottom side of the body 61 (shown in
Tab washer 70 defines a cross-shaped through hole 72 corresponding to the projection 524 of the screw 52 of the lock 50. Two projections 74 protrude from a circumference of the tab washer 70, perpendicular to each other.
It is understood that the invention may be embodied in other forms without departing from the spirit thereof. Thus, the present example and embodiment is to be considered in all respects as illustrative and not restrictive, and the invention is not to be limited to the details given herein.